Sunday, December 6, 2009

parents as tender healers 4

we're half way done with our PATH classes and we are more than excited. it's been so much fun spending time with other people with the same passion as we do. we've be able to connect with some pretty incredible people through this journey. we pray we will stay in touch for years to come.

yesterday we learned about disciplining children. discipline. how do you decide ahead of time how you are going to discipline your children? we had this same discussion before about a year ago when we had to answer several questions for our past homestudy about discipline. all i can say is that it will all depend on the child. each child will probably respond differently to different disciplines. so we will just have to wait and see.

we also talked about crisis. we've all been through different crisis in our lives. and if you've ever had a teenager then you probably experience a crisis every day. well the kids in the foster system have also experienced at least one if not several major crisis already in their lives. and as soon-to-be parents we recognize that crisis will happen and we will roll with them. i think brian and i make an excellent team when it comes to dealing with crisis. we are both very level headed and can make decisions in the midst of chaos. brian is very patient and i'm a "this is what happened and this is what we need to do" kind of person. it makes for a great team. i have no doubt that there will be things that are harder than others and we can't prepare for but we've got a HUGE God who can take care of anything.

over the past few weeks we have seen how much of a hold satan has on all these children in the foster system and around the world. it's true that he does have a will for their lives. and every time we hit a bump in the road someone will ask us "don't you think this is God's way of telling you that this isn't the road you should be taking." it's actually quite the opposite. with every bump we hit i believe God confirms to me more that we are exactly where we need to be. so many people would give up but these kids NEED someone to advocate and not give up on them. we will fight until we are blue in the face. we will not go down that easy. satan has no idea who he is messing with. we hope to have some more news to share in the coming weeks but for now we just appreciate your prayers.

1 comment:

Mama Brown said...

We do not know each other, but this is a fantastic post! My sister and brother-in-law are completing their PATH classes this weekend...You can read their story on my blog. They felt a calling to foster/adopt a specific 17 year old girl. The teenager was actually placed in their home as an early, emergency placement almost 2 weeks ago. It was an arduous process for them, but they are so very happy to have her in their home. Good Luck and we'll keep you in our prayers.